5 Ingredient Pulled Pork


By now you know that when it comes to most of my meals – quick and simple are key.  As much as I love to cook, during the week, after working/commuting 10+ hours a day and being away from Little Bug, the last thing I want to do is spend my time in front of the stove. However, just as my mom made us good, home cooked meals every night, for me it’s really important for us to have a delicious and nutritious meal to sit down to, enjoy and catch up about our days around.

My crockpot has become a key helper in my weeknight meal prep. How great is it to just walk into the house after a long day and your dinner is basically ready to go.

This 5 Ingredient Pulled Pork really couldn’t get any easier. I make a big batch of this bad boy and we’ll get multiple dinners out of it. The only thing I need to do when I get home is pull together some veggies.

Onions and garlic cloves are added to the crockpot – when using the crockpot, I tend to use A LOT of garlic. Don’t worry – this isn’t going to make you stink like you’re trying to keep the vampires away, because the flavor of the garlic gets much more mellow the longer it is cooking. Both onions and garlic are great health boosters, so I love when I have a recipe like this where I can add a bunch of them and not have to worry about super stinky breath.


Like I said, when I can cook in bigger batches I do – anything to save myself some time.  And when making meals in the crockpot, I like to make the most I can. So I usually end up going with a 3-4 lb pork shoulder.  You may need to move the onion/garlic around to the sides of the pork to make sure you can easily get the lid on – that’s perfectly fine, just as long as there’s a layer of onion/garlic for the pork to sit on.  We’ll end up eating this the night I make it and then usually one other night that week and then freeze the rest for a few weeks down the road.  I put the pork fat-side up so that the fat melts down over the meat keeping it super moist. As a side note – always remember to remove the strings that may be tied around your meat, as it’s never good when you (or worst – a guest) ends up chomping away on string.


You can use whatever BBQ sauce you like. As much as I’d like to make my own condiments, right now I just haven’t had the time, so we go with store-bought. I’ve used both a thinner vinegar based sauce and a thicker tomato based sauce and they’ve both been perfect.


After you add your sauce and a little water, you just set it and forget it.  I tend to set it on the longest time, since I’m out of the house for most of the day and the longer the cook, the sweeter those onions and garlic get.


When I get home from work, I just remove the lid and this wonderfully cook pork shoulder is ready and waiting for me – I mean how awesome is it to walk into your house after a long day and have that smell of a perfectly cooked dinner wafting through the air.


Then it’s just time to bust out your forks and get your shred on. I mean you really couldn’t ask for anything simpler.


5 Ingredient Pulled Pork
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Serves: 12
  • 3lb Pork Shoulder (I use bone-in)
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 10-12 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¾ cup favorite BBQ sauce
  • ¾ cup water
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Place chopped onions and garlic cloves in the bottom of the crockpot.
  2. Place the pork shoulder on top of the onions and garlic, fat side up.
  3. Salt and pepper the pork.
  4. Pour BBQ sauce over top of pork shoulder.
  5. Pour water into crockpot - I usually just pour down the side so as to not rinse the BBQ sauce off the pork.
  6. Place lid on crockpot and cook 8-10 hours.
  7. Remove lid and shred the pork with two forks and serve..
  8. Be careful to remove the bone (if you used a bone-in pork).

I always seem to serve this with a baked sweet potato and a green veggie but you could easily use this on a roll to make a sandwich.  I’m actually getting hungry just looking at this picture.

Five ingredients and you have a delicious and nutritious meal ready to go after a long day. Enjoy!


What’s your easiest-to-make weeknight meal? What’s your favorite crockpot dinner meal?

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  1. That looks and sounds DELICIOUS!!! I’m pinning this!!

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